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If you’re a litigator or trial lawyer, your life is full—in and out of the courtroom. May the Record Reflect is the podcast of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and we know that if something related to lawyering is interesting to us, chances are it’s interesting to you, too. Trial skills, office life, personal development, and more—it’s all fair game on May the Record Reflect.

If you’re a litigator or trial lawyer, your life is full—in and out of the courtroom. May the Record Reflect is the podcast of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and we know that if something related to lawyering is interesting to us, chances are it’s interesting to you, too. Trial skills, office life, personal development, and more—it’s all fair game on May the Record Reflect.

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If you’re a litigator or trial lawyer, your life is full—in and out of the courtroom. May the Record Reflect is the podcast of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and we know that if something related to lawyering is interesting to us, chances are it’s interesting to you, too. Trial skills, office life, personal development, and more—it’s all fair game on May the Record Reflect.

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English


Episodes

19: Upleveling Your Oral Advocacy Skills, with Hon. Nancy Vaidik and Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla

6/1/2021
In Episode 19 of May the Record Reflect, Judge Nancy Vaidik of the Indiana Court of Appeals and international communications consultant Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla, are in the hot seat to share insights from their new book, Point Well Made, Persuasive Oral Advocacy. They reveal why oral advocacy still matters in a time when most cases settle before going to trial, how to better know your judge to give yourself a leg up, and what are the highs and lows of ruling from the Zoom bench. Topics 3:56...

Duration:00:47:40

18: Now Presenting: Why You Need a Trial Tech to Run the Show, with Shannon Bales and Alicia Aquino

5/4/2021
In Episode 18 of “May the Record Reflect,” we’re talking about something that’s all too often an afterthought when a case goes to trial: the electronic courtroom presentation. When expertly executed by a trial technologist, a trial presentation will provide you and your fact-finders one shortcut after another that ease courtroom procedures and benefit your client. Trial technologists Shannon Bales and Alicia Aquino share their insights, recommendations, and best practices that will have you...

Duration:01:10:30

17: Can You Hack It? Protecting Electronic Client Data, with Helen Geib and BJ Moore

4/6/2021
In Episode 17 of “May the Record Reflect,” we’re talking about cybersecurity for law firms: why it’s important, how to prevent hackers from accessing your clients’ electronic data, what to do if it happens, and what ethics canons have to say about it. Patent attorney and e-discovery expert Helen Geib and technologist BJ Moore share their tips to help you manage this important and often overlooked aspect of law firm management. Topics 4:00 Why law firms are a rich target for...

Duration:00:48:46

16. 50 Tips for 50 Years, Part 2

3/2/2021
In this episode of May the Record Reflect, we continue our 50th anniversary celebration by picking up where we left off in Episode 15. Part II of this “50 Tips for 50 Years” mini-series gives you best practices for dealing with nerves at trial, how to improve your public speaking skills, and delivering a sound winning argument, as shared by NITA program directors, faculty members, authors, and members of the Board of Trustees. 1:25 Dealing with nerves at trial—or anywhere 15:11 Getting...

Duration:00:35:51

15: 50 Tips for 50 Years, Part 1

2/9/2021
2021 marks fifty years of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as the nation’s go-to gold standard in All Things Advocacy. Here on the podcast, we wanted to celebrate this year-long occasion with our gift to you: 50 trial tips for each of NITA’s 50 years. In this first episode of a special two-part series, a cross-section of NITA program directors, faculty members, authors, and members of the Board of Trustees share their best tips and tricks for improving trial skills. 1:35 Choosing...

Duration:00:43:34

14. Paper Chase, with Marc Miller and Allison Regan

1/8/2021
In Episode 14 of “May the Record Reflect,” we gather insight on how to start your legal career against a daunting backdrop of covid, layoffs, and societal change. Listen as Dean Marc Miller of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and Allison Regan, professional development director at Houston’s Bracewell law firm, offer their perspectives on being a successful law student and young lawyer during this unique moment in our nation’s history. Topics 3:33 Is this a...

Duration:00:53:15

13. One on One on One, with Judge Mark Drummond and Carol Sowers

11/3/2020
In Episode 13 of “May the Record Reflect,” communications specialist Carol Sowers returns, bringing Judge Mark Drummond with her, to talk about meeting needs of the trial community in the strange new world of Zoom. Video hearings, depositions, jury trials, and even conference calls are now the new normal, but when your client has everything on the line, you must elevate your on-camera presentation. Judge Drummond and Carol talk about NITA’s 1:1 coaching that helps you do exactly that, and...

Duration:00:43:23

12. Career Development in the Time of COVID, with Amy Hancock and Tim Henderson

10/6/2020
In Episode 12 of “May the Record Reflect,” we get tools, tips, and resources that will help you keep up momentum in your legal career development. Professional development officers Amy Hancock and Tim Henderson talk about making the most of the challenges—and opportunities—that the pandemic has brought. Topics 3:49 Effects of pandemic on legal career development 5:36 Work-life balance for the home office 10:50 Leadership support during individual struggles 16:17 Fostering...

Duration:00:58:10

11. Women in Law, with Judge Alia Moses and Nicole Westbrook

9/1/2020
In Episode 11 of the podcast, we discuss issues that women face as legal practitioners. Guests Judge Alia Moses and civil litigator Nicole Westbrook talk about how their shared passion for the law forged their respective career paths and offer guidance for navigating the personal and professional perils common to the practice of law. Judge Moses is the first woman federal judge in history to be seated on the federal bench for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas....

Duration:00:51:45

10: Taking Trials in Stride, with Mental Performance Coach Will Murray

8/4/2020
In Episode 10, Boulder, Colorado-based coach Will Murray shares how trial lawyers can take the techniques of triathlon performance and endurance training that Murray specializes in and apply them to the endurance tests of litigation and trial practice. Much of it is mental, he notes, and tells us how to develop discipline, recode memories and motivations in our brains, calm our nerves in the moment, deal with traumatic stress (our clients’ and our own), and even get a better night’s sleep in...

Duration:00:44:42

9. The Other “Bar” Association: Alcoholism in the Legal Community, with DeAnna Crosby

7/7/2020
A joint ABA/Hazelden study in 2016 found significant rates of anxiety, depression, suicide, alcoholism, and addiction among licensed, employed lawyers in America. In Episode 9, we hear from DeAnna Crosby, addictions specialist and clinical director of a dual-diagnosis treatment clinic in Southern California, about the unique caretaking responsibilities that make lawyers susceptible to anxiety, depression, and self-medication and what resources are available to create a life beyond the...

Duration:00:47:30

8. Best Practices for Remote Hearings, with Judge Amy Hanley and Reuben Guttman

6/3/2020
In Episode 8 of the podcast, we are joined by Kansas District Court Judge Amy Hanley and D.C. civil litigator Reuben Guttman to talk about how to get it right in video and telephonic hearings. The disruptions caused by the covid pandemic have suddenly moved the courtroom into your dining room, and our guests are sharing their best do’s and don’ts from their respective positions on and before the bench. The Honorable Amy Hanley is based in Lawrence, Kansas, and presides over a civil,...

Duration:00:51:08

7. The Write Stuff with Catharine DuBois

5/5/2020
In Episode 7 of May the Record Reflect, we’re joined by Brooklyn Law School Assistant Professor of Legal Writing Catharine DuBois. Catharine serves as Program Director for NITA’s courses in persuasive writing, including an online version that starts next week. Among the topics she discusses with host Marsi Buckmelter are the importance of prewriting activities, organizing your document on the macro and micro levels, getting past writer’s block, creativity and the editorial process, and how...

Duration:00:43:10

6. Serenity Now: Carol Sowers Being Poised in the Courtroom

3/9/2020
In Episode 6 of the podcast, former tv news anchor Carol Sowers shares her tips for becoming more at ease in the physical side of your courtroom performance: how to speak with confidence, project a pleasing vocal quality, connect with jurors, tame your nerves, and rebound from your mistakes. Carol spent more than thirty years as a broadcast professional for CBA/ABC Affiliate station KHQA in Quincy, Illinois, where she worked as a reporter and main anchor all the way up to vice president for...

Duration:00:53:22

5. Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla’s “Foolproof” Tips for Professional Communication

3/3/2020
In Episode 5 of the podcast, we are joined by international communications expert Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla. Rebecca got her start as a theatre major in college, but it was as a law student that she first became aware of how nerves and unpolished communication skills tripped up even the most brilliant intellectual arguments of her fellow classmates—an observation that continued well into her law practice. This gap led Rebecca to blend her background in theater and the law, to teach professionals...

Duration:00:49:17

4. What’s Love Got to Do with It? Stephanie Ledesma Knows

10/16/2019
In Episode 4, we wrap up this week’s National Celebration of Pro Bono by talking to Stephanie Ledesma. Stephanie is the Associate Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Experiential Education program in Houston and one of NITA’s national faculty members. In addition to developing curricula for law schools, agencies, and other legal professionals, she serves the bar on the local, state, national, and international level and volunteers within her Houston community. Stephanie’s recent...

Duration:00:11:46

3. Here Comes the Judge—Robert McGahey

10/16/2019
In Episode 3, Judge Robert McGahey chats with us about the importance of public service during this week’s National Celebration of Pro Bono. Judge McGahey presides over a civil docket in the Denver District Court. In his almost 20 years on the bench, he has also served in the criminal and domestic relations divisions. In his 25-year civil trial practice before becoming a judge, he tried over one hundred jury trials. Judge McGahey is a familiar face at NITA trial skills programs and is the...

Duration:00:09:56

2. Whitney Untiedt Puts the “Pro” in Pro Bono

10/16/2019
In Episode 2 of NITA’s recognition of the National Celebration of Pro Bono here on the podcast, we are joined by Whitney Untiedt. Whitney is an attorney with Freidin|Brown in Miami, where she handles whistleblower and false claims actions, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury cases. Previously, Whitney managed the national, firmwide pro bono practice at an AmLaw 100 firm and mobilized large-scale legal efforts in response to natural disasters, the unconstitutional incarceration of...

Duration:00:12:36

1. The “Deets” on the National Celebration of Pro Bono

10/16/2019
In today’s inaugural episode of May the Record Reflect, we introduce you to NITA’s new podcast by talking to Annie Deets, one of NITA’s 100+ hour volunteers for 2018. Volunteerism is the theme for this season of the podcast because this week is the National Celebration of Pro Bono, an annual event that brings attention to the valuable pro bono work by lawyers, paralegals, and law students in the U.S., whether it’s to recognize individual volunteers or to draw awareness to opportunities for...

Duration:00:09:49